It takes just a moment for a medical emergency to occur on the road when you're driving and all of the sudden, you are at the mercy of police or other first responders.

To assist in saving lives Pennsylvania's DOT launched two initiatives: the Yellow Dot and Emergency Contact Information programs.

""Both of these programs speak for people when they can't speak for themselves,so medical concerns can be addressed and contacts can be reached as quickly as possible," Corbett said. "When someone is in a crash or they find themselves in an emergency situation, it's critical that emergency responders quickly find out as much as they can about the victim," said Governor Tom Corbett.

Participants in the Yellow Dot program fill out the program form with their emergency contact, medical contact and medical information, insert it in the program's folder and then place it in their vehicle's glove compartment.

Participants then place a yellow dot sticker on their vehicle's rear window. This sticker alerts emergency responders to check a vehicle's glove compartment for the folder, helping emergency responders provide specific care to participants after a crash.

The Emergency Contact Information program offers Pennsylvania driver’s license and PennDOT-issued ID holders the opportunity to log into a secure database and list two emergency contacts. Customers can update the information as needed, but only law enforcement officials can view their information in the
system. In the event of an emergency, law enforcement can use the participant’s ID to find their emergency contact information.

While the Yellow Dot program is utilized only in vehicle crashes, the Emergency Contact Information program is usable in other emergencies as well as crashes.

Too often first responders either do not look for critical information that may help identify a health emergency, or, are unable to find it. This yellow dot program has the potential to save lives. And, the emergency contact info program helps expedite information when it matters most and when there is no time to waste.

Do you have anything like this in your state? If not, we should!